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SOUNDTRACK: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

February 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
This past weekend, I saw this movie for the first time.
Not only did it entirely blow my mind, but I still fall asleep at night going over the relationship between Joel and Clementine. Did he love her because of her spontaneity? Did she hate him because he was boring? Can they be together in spite of that? Maybe it’s my hopeless romanticism, but in my head, it’s as complex as a modern Romeo and Juliet. The characters are so messed up that their only redeeming quality is that they love each other. I guess that makes it more like Wuthering Heights. Anyway. (This is also relevant in light of Kate Winslet’s recent Oscar win. She has said that this is her favorite role she’s ever done, so that has to mean something.)

While containing other artists that are definitely worth a second look, to me the soundtrack is made up mostly of Jon Brion. He has not only scored movies such as I Heart Huckabees, Punch Drunk Love, and Synedoche, NY, but contributed music to the movie Boogie Nights and has been nominated for the Best Score Soundtrack Album Grammy for his work on Magnolia and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Brion has also produced albums by Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Spoon, Keane, and Kanye West.

Eternal Sunshine

I suggest getting your hands on the whole album. While a few tracks show the genius that is Jon Brion, it’s the compilation of an entire album that takes it to another level.

Jon Brion on Wikipedia / Myspace
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Wikipedia / IMDb
soundtrack on Amazon
“Theme” (instrumental)
“The Strings That Tie to You”

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